Tamil Nadu

‘Petroleum pipeline will not affect farm land’

Industries Minister M.C. Sampath on Thursday told the Assembly that the government would ensure that laying of pipeline between Coimbatore and Karnataka by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) would not affect agricultural lands.

Responding to a special calling attention motion raised by the DMK member R. Rajendran, the Minister said Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami had instructed the expert committee to lay the pipes on the roadside.

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“The expert committee has identified 78 km in the seventh meeting and the next meeting will identify the 241 km.,” he said.

Mr. Rajendran said farmers were up in arms after the government notified acquisition of lands for laying the pipelines between Irugur in Coimbatore and Iruganagundi in Karnataka.

Mr. Sampath said two storage facilities — one in Sangagiri in Salem district and another one in Dharmapuri — would be constructed.

“But the Chief Minister is particular that the farm lands should not be affected,” he said.

The Minister said the pipes would be buried five feet deep and would be levelled subsequently. “The Chief Minister has demanded maximum compensation for the crops destroyed during the work,” he said.

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